Summer letter 08/03/2020

Dear Families,

I hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying this beautiful Maine weather. I send out a summer letter each year at this time to inform families of the school’s organization as the start of the year approaches. This year, in particular, has required some careful and strategic planning.

During this time of concern over COVID-19, we can count ourselves lucky in Maine that current conditions are favorable, and cases are declining. The decision of our school community to open early and take full advantage of this advantageous time has proven to be a wise one. We will benefit from open widows and much time spent outdoors during these early weeks of school. Of course, we cannot predict the future, but we can at least be thankful for this present state. I know you join me in extending the best wishes for the same decline of the COVID-19 virus to follow throughout the country and world.

Since the reopening of the school on May 20, 2020, we have had the opportunity to experience operating within the safety recommendations of the CDC. This practical experience has been invaluable, and we have been able to see first hand how adaptable the children have been to these new practices and protocols. They are so ecstatic to reunite with their friends that wearing a mask has proved a small consolation to make to achieve that end. The children who attended the Summer Camp program reinforced our confidence that operating during COVID is possible in our small school environment. Bravo to our Summer Camp Counselors for providing such a fun and enriching summer experience!!

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In closing, I want to say how happy I am to see so many families coming back to school; your trust in us at this difficult time is not something I take for granted. I also extend the warmest welcome to the many new families joining our school community this year. Some families are just starting in the Maternelle, and others are joining us from other French Schools in the network. We are so delighted to have all of your children at L’Ecole Française du Maine!

My best regards and wishes for good health to all,

Willy LeBihan
Founder and Head of School

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